Idda Etna Bianco 2020
Type: White Wine Volume: 750ml
Country: Italy Region: Sicily
Grapes Varieties: Carricante
Classification: Production: 1500 cases
Alcohol: 12.5% abv Packing: Original Carton of 6 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
AG=94 The 2020 Bianco captivates with an enticing mix of lemon oils, wild herbs, orange blossom, young peaches and crushed stone. It traverses both savoury and sweet, as silky textures usher in tropical citrus and melon contrasted by saline-tinged acidy and pretty inner florals. This is persistent and lightly structured, leaving a twang of candied lime and saturation of minerals to linger incredibly long. This Carricante from the southern slopes of Etna shows much more pronounced fruit than you’d typically find from the variety, which is likely the combination of the slightly warmer terroir, yet also the extended 2020 growing season. In the end, although the Idda Bianc may differ from the expressions found from the northern or eastern slopes of the volcano, it’s a solid effort that’s worth seeking out.
WA=93+ Hitting the market now, the 2020 Sicilia Bianco can perhaps be described as more Mediterranean in character next to the previous 2019 vintage (also tasted in this mini vertical) that appears more flamboyantly Sicilian in personality. This wine offers a greater level of depth and grace, and the inner complexity is also a far step above the other two releases. The main reason for this noticeable change is the increased presence of Belpasso fruit. This is one of three vineyard sites on Etna farmed by this formidable Gaja and Graci team, and it's the vineyard that shows the most promise, especially with regards to age-worthy whites. This bottle should hold up to the 10-year mark. Seeing partial malolactic fermentation, this wine is very specific to Carricante, with tangy citrus notes and orchard fruit followed by Mediterranean shrub oak and salty marine breeze. It is tonic, sharp and "electric" (a descriptor I eagerly borrow from Alberto Graci). This wine makes the argument that Carricante IS the vinous protagonist of Etna.
JS=93 Sliced pear and lemon with hints of pumice and white pepper that follow through to a full body with a tangy palate of Sicilian-lemon and pear character. A joint production from Graci and Gaja. Minerally and flavorful. 100% carricante. Drink now.
WS=91 Creamy poached pear and apricot fruit flavours are accented by hints of chamomile and lemon oil in this lightly mouthwatering version, which is bright and appealing, offering an underlying streak of salinity and a zesty edge to the light- to medium-bodied frame. Drink now through 2026.